“Richard will be an incredible asset to the HelmsBriscoe team with his extensive knowledge and expertise in the hospitality industry,” said Founder and CEO Roger Helms.
Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) March 21, 2012
HelmsBriscoe (http://www.helmsbriscoe.com), the global leader of site selection and RFP services for the meeting business, announced today the addition of Richard C. Harper as Executive Vice President. In this role, his responsibilities will include serving on the executive committee with an emphasis on advancing HelmsBriscoe’s presence in the association marketplace. He will also create new programs to help drive current initiatives to further develop and strengthen Client relationships and Associate support across the association and corporate sectors.
Prior to joining HelmsBriscoe, Harper served as the Executive Vice President of Sales/Marketing for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas for almost two years. In this role, he oversaw all company sales strategies and regional efforts in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and Washington D.C. He was responsible for industry relations and offered strategic oversight for the company’s regional and vertical sales as well as developing and executing a companywide sales strategy for top destination accounts. Harper began his career with MGM Resorts in Las Vegas in 1999. Before his role as Executive Vice President, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales for MGM Resorts International, Vice President of Sales/Marketing for Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino and Vice President of Sales for the MGM Grand. A 30-year veteran of the hospitality field, he began his extensive career with Westin Hotels and Resorts and has worked in many different hotel operations including food and beverage, guest services, catering and convention services. Harper has been recognized many times over in the industry including his most recent 2012 inclusion as one of the Top 25 most influential people in the meetings industry according to Successful Meetings.
“Richard will be an incredible asset to the HelmsBriscoe team with his extensive knowledge and expertise in the hospitality industry,” said Founder and CEO Roger Helms. “His proven leadership abilities, impeccable reputation and expansive group experience make him invaluable in helping HelmsBriscoe further strengthen the value that we add to Clients and Associates alike.”
HelmsBriscoe is the global leader in meeting procurement for a variety of corporate, association and government Clients. Spanning more than 50 countries, their highly respected network of more than 1200 procurement specialists booked 4.5 million room nights last year. By using their proprietary technology, collective market knowledge, and volume based purchasing power, HelmsBriscoe Associates facilitate the research and contracting processes, thereby mitigating the risk and increasing the return on their clients’ meetings. For more information, visit http://www.helmsbriscoe.com.